Using a Blow Dryer

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated October 1, 2014)

Almost everyday when I go through my morning routine, about midway through, I take out my blow dryer and proceed to style my hair for the day. I've been using a blow dryer for years, and by now I think I'm pretty skilled at using a blow dryer. However, some people don't have the years of blow dryer expertise that I do. Sometimes blow dryers can be a bit intimidating, because they can either make your hair look great and professional, or they can make your hair look not so great. If you know the basics of using a blow dryer, then you'll be able to style and care for your hair at ease.

Blow dryers are actually pretty simple to use, and once you have the foundations down, you'll be well on your way toward expert blow drying. A blow dryer isn't just there to dry your hair—it's there to style it. You need to have a good round brush to style your hair with the blow dryer, and that can be found at a place like Wal-Mart or a place like Paul Mitchell—round brushes for blow drying can be found anywhere they sell hair supplies.

When you begin blow drying your hair, always have in mind what you want the final product to look like. Are you going to curl your hair after you're finished drying it? Are you going to straighten it? Do you want the blow drying to be the only thing you do to style your hair? Having in mind what you want the final product to be is essential when using a blow dryer. If you plan on curling your hair after you're finished blow drying it, then you should use the brush to help you blow your hair under. If you plan on straightening your hair, blow it straight. Whatever else you plan to do to your hair should be prepared for by how you blow dry it. If you want your hair to be styled primarily by the blow dryer, then make sure you have the brushes necessary. I love it when the hair stylist at the salon can style my hair with just the blow dryer, and I can't do it very well on my own. You should remember that styling your hair often takes practice for it to turn out exactly how you want it to.

For the health of your hair, it's best to use the warm or cool setting on your blow dryer and not to blow the air on high. Also, depending on the way you want to style your hair, you might want to use a hotter or cooler setting to have to allow you to style your hair as desired. Using a blow dryer isn't a difficult thing, and if you can simply master the basics, then you'll soon be a blow drying pro!

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